City officials in Venice, Italy are helping to protect the privacy of George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin as they plan for their weekend nuptials by closing off walkways surrounding their wedding venue.

The couple is expected to tie the knot at the 16th Century Cavalli Palace in the next few days and local authorities have granted a police request to ban access to areas around the historic location amid fears large crowds will gather and pose a safety risk.

Clooney and his lawyer bride were previously reported to be marrying on Saturday (27Sep14), but a city source tells the Associated Press the police order was issued for Monday (29Sep14), suggesting the nuptials will actually take place at the start of next week.

Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, arrived in Milan on Wednesday (24Sep14) in preparation for the big day.